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INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER SERVICE CHARGE (IPSC) INTEGRATION PROGRAM TO TAKE EFFECT ON 1 NOVEMBER 2014
The Philippine Embassy wishes to inform the public that, effective 1 November 2014, the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communication will implement the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) Integration Program. Read more:
ePASSPORT LODGED AT BRISBANE MOBILE MISSION READY FOR RELEASE
To claim their ePassports by mail/post, applicants are advised to send the following to the Embassy through registered post / express post platinum:
1. Original old/current Passport.
2. Photocopy of Official Receipt.
Following is the list of applicants who lodged their applications during the Mobile Passport Mission in Brisbane on 18 - 20 September 2014 and whose passports are now availlable for release. Click here:
POSTPONEMENT OF SCHEDULED HEARING TO DECIDE ON APPLICATIONS FOR OVERSEAS REGISTRATION
The Resident Election Registration Board of the Philippine Embassy in Canberra has rescheduled its hearing of 20 October 2014 to 17 November 2014.
The 17 November 2014 hearing will decide on applications for overseas registration received by the Embassy from 1 August to 31 October 2014.
The hearing has been rescheduled as applications received have not reached 500, the required number to proceed with the hearing pursuant to COMELEC Resolution No. 9862 promulgated on 1 April 2014.
GRACE ANNE G. BULOS
Resident Election Registration Board
3 October 2014
CEBU PACIFIC’S MAIDEN FLIGHT TAKES OFF FROM SYDNEY ON 9 SEPTEMBER 2014
Minister and Consul General Nina Cainglet of the Philippine Embassy in Canberra, Consul Marford Angeles of the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney, Tourism Attache Consuelo Jones and Special Trade Representative Emmanuel Ang witnessed the arrival of the first Cebu Pacific flight from Manila at Sydney International Airport. Also present were Cebu Pacific Chief Executive Adviser Garry Kingshott and Sydney Airports CEO Kerrie Mather. Cebu Pacific General Manager for Long Haul Division Alex Reyes, who was on board the maiden flight, later joined the inaugural ceremony with members of the service crew. Hon. Dan Tehan, Federal Member of Parliament for Wannon, Victoria, and Chairman of the Coalition Friends of Tourism, was the Guest of Honor at the event.
In her remarks on the occasion, Minister and Consul General Cainglet expressed hope that the Cebu Pacific flights between Manila and Sydney will further contribute to forging closer people-to-people links and facilitate greater levels of economic engagement between the Philippines and Australia. Hon. Dan Tehan conveyed the Australian government’s keen interest in further strengthening its ties with the Philippines and said that there is tremendous potential for growth between the two countries in terms of trade and investment.
Cebu Pacific Chief Executive Adviser Garry Kingshott said that the company’s mission is to bring people together through safe, affordable flights, and that the launch of the Manila-Sydney-Manila route is significant given the growing Filipino community in Australia, and will provide Australians the opportunity to discover Philippine tourism destinations. According to Sydney Airports CEO Kerrie Mather, the airport has seen arrivals from the Philippines rise by 16% over the past 12 months and she believes that there is significant potential for further growth as symbolized by the water cannon salute prepared by Sydney Airport to welcome the maiden flight.
A month ago, Cebu Pacific held a series of events at the Grace Hotel in Sydney, in coordination with the office of the Department of Tourism in Sydney, to launch the airline’s entry into Australia.
ASSUMPTION OF MR. FELIX PINTADO, PH HONORARY CONSUL IN MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
Philippine Ambassador to Australia Belen F. Anota swore into office today Mr. Felix Pintado as Philippine Honorary Consul in Melbourne, Victoria.
Mr. Pintado replaces Ms. Virginia Kalong, who served as Honorary Consul since 2010.
Mr. Pintado, a Filipino and Australian citizen, is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Royal Freemasons Ltd., which manages retirement and aged care facilities. He has more than 25 years of experience in the health service industry, with 12 years of experience as a health service CEO, three years as a General Manager and three years as a Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO.
He was born in Manila and has lived in Australia for over forty years.
He holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from the Melbourne College of Divinity, University of Melbourne, a Master of Health Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management, both from RMIT University in Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the Monash University in Clayton, Victoria.
TRANSFER OF THE PHILIPPINE CONSULATES/GENERAL IN MELBOURNE AND BRISBANE
The Philippine Embassy wishes to inform the public that:
STRENGTHENING THE ONE-COUNTRY TEAM APPROACH AND IMPROVING PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGH TEAM PHILIPPINES AUSTRALIA ANNUAL CONSULTATIONS
To strengthen the One-Country Team approach, foster camaraderie and teamwork and improve public service, the Philippine Embassy, the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney, the offices of the Philippine attached agencies in Australia and the Philippine Honorary Consuls and Consuls General in Australia and Vanuatu held their Team Philippines-Australia Consultation Meeting on 12 September 2014 at the Philippine Embassy.
During the one-day workshop, First Secretary and Consul Jim Tito San Agustin and Defense and Armed Forces and Attaché Col. Ricardo Santiago updated the honorary consular officials on developments in the politico-security and defense cooperation relations between the Philippines and Australia.
The meeting particularly focused on the promotion of economic diplomacy. Minister and Consul General Nina Cainglet presented a review and follow-up action needed from the official visits of Ambassador Belen F. Anota to Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne and Darwin conducted in 2013 -2014. For education and culture, she discussed the expanded New Colombo Plan which the Philippines would be a part of in 2015 and the proposed 2015 visit to Australia of the world-renowned Loboc Children’s Choir.
Philippine Trade and Investment Representative Emmanuel Ang and Tourism Representative Consuelo Jones briefed the meeting on the economic gains of the Philippines and what could be done to sustain them further in 2015.
For trade and investments, the priority industries identified were the food processing, auto parts, homeware and furniture, information technology and business process outsourcing, and ship building.
With tourism arrivals to the Philippines from Australia increasing through the years, the Department of Tourism will further intensity the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.” Australia is expected to remain a viable destination for both Australians and Filipino balikbayans in 2015.
For consular relations and assistance to nationals, Labor Attaché Atty. Rodolfo Sabulao briefed the honorary consular officials on how they can assist OFWs in cases of unfair dismissal. He also discussed the various services that the Office of the Labor Attaché offers to OFWs. Second Secretary and Consul Grace Bulos gave pointers on consular matters such as how to assist in improving mobile services, the harmonization of consular forms, and updates on rules and regulations on various consular services.
PAGDIRIWANG SA “BUWAN NG WIKANG PAMBANSA”
Bilang paggunita sa “Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa”, ang Pasuguan ng Pilipinas sa Canberra ay nagsagawa ng isang masayang paligsahan noong ika-29 ng Agosto 2014.
Ang mga kawani ng Pasuguan ay nahati sa dalawang grupo at nagpagalingan sa pagsagot ng mga katanungan na may kaugnayan sa ating Wikang Pambansa. Ang mga katanungan ay hinggil sa ibat’ ibang tema na binubuo ng mga personalidad, kaalaman tungkol sa ating bansa, at mga bokabularyong Filipino. Ang huling bahagi ng paligsahan ay ang pagalingan sa pagbuo ng mga salawikaing Filipino.
Ang kasiyahan ay natapos sa salu-salo ng mga kawani ng Pasuguan.
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